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GROUND SERVICE
PROVIDERS
WHAT
AIR CARGO
NEEDS
FROM
AIRPORTS
With the demand for airfreight booming, cargo operators are looking to
expand and airports want to attract them, but both need to work together to
capitalize on the opportunity.
By Walker Jaroch
A
irfreight and the cargo industry are
booming. Driven by an increasingly digital
and online-based consumer culture,
fueled even further by the consequences
of the COVID-19 pandemic, there looks to be no
slowdown in sight for air cargo demand.
The growth in demand is prompting cargo operators
to look for and expand into new airports, with
airports, too, asking what they can do to bring in
the new business. However, it's not as simple as
flying to the local airport with a hull full of porchbound-packages.
There's a myriad of factors freight
forwarders consider for doing business.
Brandon Fried, executive director of the Airforwarders
Association, said that many cargo carriers
operate on a hub and spoke system - which he
describes as " a finely timed ballet. "
" Many cargo carriers are dependent upon hub
and spoke systems so that they have to be able to
meet their obligation at that hub for the sorting
process each evening. In order to do that - that's a
finley timed ballet - that requires precision timing.
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So, getting out of the origin airport that's being
considered is a big deal, " Fried says.
Ease of use will always be the most critical factor
for an operator looking at prospective airports -
how quickly and efficiently can their operation be
performed? Under that umbrella fall considerations
such as market conditions in an area, demand,
geography and weather, among others.
Decisions are nuanced, with no one-size-fits-all
model available. Operators may choose an airport
located outside of a major metropolitan area if it
proves beneficial in other aspects. For example,
despite being more than 65 miles away from the
city, the Chicago Rockford International Airport
has a substantial UPS presence, due in part to the
ease of getting in and out compared to a larger, busier
airport such as Chicago's O'Hare International
Airport, Fried explains.
" There are a lot of factors that go into this. From
a freight forwarder's perspective, that company
may set up an office and warehouse. They're going
to look at the number of flights that are available
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of december2021january2022

Publisher's Note: A Legacy We Built Together
Business Buzz
Industry Expert Column: Safety Leadership's Critical Function in SMS
Data's Effect on GSE Performance
Ground Handling's Virtual Classroom
What Air Cargo Needs from Airports
Make Air Cargo a Priority for Smaller Regional Airports
An External Resource for Handling Large Events
Detecting and Mitigating Fuel Leaks with Technology
Product Hangar
Editor's Note: Applying Lessons Learned
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december2021january2022 - Publisher's Note: A Legacy We Built Together
december2021january2022 - 7
december2021january2022 - Business Buzz
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december2021january2022 - 14
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december2021january2022 - Industry Expert Column: Safety Leadership's Critical Function in SMS
december2021january2022 - 17
december2021january2022 - Data's Effect on GSE Performance
december2021january2022 - 19
december2021january2022 - 20
december2021january2022 - 21
december2021january2022 - Ground Handling's Virtual Classroom
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december2021january2022 - What Air Cargo Needs from Airports
december2021january2022 - 27
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december2021january2022 - 29
december2021january2022 - Make Air Cargo a Priority for Smaller Regional Airports
december2021january2022 - 31
december2021january2022 - An External Resource for Handling Large Events
december2021january2022 - 33
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december2021january2022 - Detecting and Mitigating Fuel Leaks with Technology
december2021january2022 - 36
december2021january2022 - Product Hangar
december2021january2022 - 38
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december2021january2022 - Editor's Note: Applying Lessons Learned
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